My children are not big fans of eating vegetables and fresh fruits. One of the creative ways to make them consume fruits and vegetables is by making smoothie, ice cream or hiding them in some dish.
Sometimes, knowing that some vegetables are part of a dish I prepare turns them off. Besides giving dish funny names, sneaking in vegetables is one of the best ways to get them eat something they swore to hate.
Chloe swore that apples makes her sick and oatmeal looks yucky. So when I found the recipe that would disguise two food she dislikes, I just needed to give it a go. It is like chocolate chip cookies only healthier.
I slightly change the original recipe from Super Healthy Kids because I ran out of honey and my bunch are not big fans of coconut oil smell.
This is a soft cookie so would be perfect for your toddlers as well. I have been packing them as a treat for the kids, definitely going to be staple healthy snack in our house.
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Carrot & Apple Oat Cookies
· 2 cups All Purpose Flour
· 1 cup Quick cooking Oat
· 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
· 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
· 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
· 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
· 1 large Egg
· 1/3 cup Butter, melted
· 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
· 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
· 1 cup Carrots, grated
· 1 cup Apple, grated *I use red apples
· 1 banana, mashed
· 1/3 cup Chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
3. In another bowl mix all wet ingredients: beaten eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract and stir well. Add this mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
4. Now add grated carrot, grated apple, mashed banana and chocolate chips on dough mix, stir until everything is well mixed together.
5. Use ice cream scooper to make similar size cookies or two tablespoons to shape cookie dough into 1 inch sized balls. I also made slightly smaller balls to fit in our lunch boxes. Place each on the baking sheet and press slightly with a fork.
6. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.